What Katie did in May

PUBLISHED: 18:30 13 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:11 20 February 2013

What Katie did in May

What Katie did in May

"I did have the occasional stare from people wondering whether I could be Sandi Toksvig"


What Katie did in May

I reckon we could count an apple doughnut as one of our recommended five a day. They cant be all bad as my dentist has just informed me that my teeth will now last me forever, mind you he probably says that about the magazines in his waiting room judging by the dates on them. Thank goodness then that a trip to the hairdressers enabled me to sit and absorb all the latest goings on, including the news that my side parting is all the rage this year, alongside outfits from the 1970s, sadly no mention of tartan from my Bay City Roller Days.

The county is full of colour at the moment and I love it. Bluebells have to be one of my favourites as they always remind me of when my mum would take me to see them in our local woods as a birthday treat. There are some great walks linking the Discovery Centre at Craven Arms including the bluebell woodland Sallow Coppice and the head gardener at Weston Park near Shifnal is hosting guided walks covering three and a half miles. We probably have several clumps of our own at home but Im not sure that qualifies us to open our doors to the public just yet.

Its a busy time for flora and fauna, which, thinking about it, would be a good name for a musical duo.

Other events include Mere and Mosses Festival at Ellesmere, Mawley Hall open garden and at the Spring Show at Malvern youll see two care farms from our county invited to create and display a raised bed which will line the entrance to the main gardens and theatre. Among them, Ewe & You from Nash is being designed, planted and grown by a group of youngsters and individuals as part of their mental health recovery creating the one for Lower Bush at Stoke Milborough. Huge excitement for everybody concerned, as Monty Don and Joe Swift from Gardeners World will be choosing their favourite on the Thursday.

Lots of livestock heading to the Shropshire County Show, which is good news, and how to make a happy girl feel old as Os Fest at Oswestry lists the music era of the 1980s as nostalgia

Were off to see funny man Milton Jones at Oakengates in Telford, and heading to Chelsea Flower Show for Press Day where I get to play celebrity bingo as on arrival youre given a list of famous faces that are there. Last year I had the occasional stare from people wondering whether I could be Sandi Toksvig. Just hoping its not as hot as it was as I found myself looking longingly at those gardens with a water feature and wondering how I could use them for a bit of cooling down.

Ive finally managed to shift the cold which seems to have enjoyed my company over the last few weeks, it does like my cheap chest as it always heads in that direction which isnt good when youre compering for the Ludlow Spring Food Festival. If youre heading that way do come and say hello and thank you for your kind messages about the column either via the magazine or my website, Hedgebottom Home.

Speaking of which, not long to go now before the cows are due to calve and the sheep take their coats off, heres hoping well see wool prices going in the right direction as theyve been worth nothing of late which is shameful. Heres a thought, lets bring back 70s tartan and release the song Baa Baa Baby, and all this from eating an apple doughnut.

Katie Johnson, who lives on a smallholding in south Shropshire, is available for county shows, radio broadcasts, magazine columns and as a Sandi Toksvig looky-likey


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